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Episode 027: A Beginners Guide To Drone Photography With Josh Fournier

Episode Description

In this episode, Josh Fournier shares his journey into wedding photography and how drone photography became a significant part of their business. He discusses the importance of experimenting and practicing with the drone before incorporating it into wedding days.

Josh also provides valuable insights into when drone photography may not be feasible, such as adverse weather conditions or restrictions in certain areas.

They touch on the licensing requirements for commercial drone pilots, highlighting the FAA drone pilot’s license. Josh advises aspiring drone photographers to invest in quality drones and recommends a gradual approach to incorporating drones into their photography services, starting with experimentation and practice.

The conversation also explores the potential challenges and benefits of drone photography, encouraging photographers not to fear failure but to view it as an essential part of the learning process. Additionally, they share their perspectives on photography trends, discussing how trends can be both inspiring and overrated.

As they wrap up the episode, the hosts express their hot takes on wedding photography, including thoughts on flat lay details and the importance of capturing meaningful moments throughout the day.

Tune in for a delightful chat between friends over coffee as they unravel the world of drone photography in the wedding industry.

Episode Outline 

[00:36] Josh’s entry into wedding photography

[01:32] Introduction to drone photography

[02:35] Personal photography preferences and stories

[03:15] Drone photography adoption timeline

[03:52] Initial experiences and learning curve

[05:52] Intentional use of drones in photography

[07:44] Challenges and learning process

[09:36] Weather and venue considerations

[11:33] Drone pilot’s license and regulations

[14:28] Venue communication and collaboration with videographers

[17:02] Overcoming the fear of failure

[19:01] Wedding photography trends

[23:26] Importance of adaptation

[24:52] Embracing imperfections and authenticity

[31:15] First things to consider when flying a drone 

[33:41] Formula to use when shooting using a drone

[44:33] The end

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